On to Lomé. Here we discovered some interesting issues.
The story: if you read a Togolese newspaper, the way their democracy works is often an issue. We think this criticism lacks any bases. We’re not sure about it, but we could imagine that Togolese Government simply defined democratic rules a little more efficient than other countries. An example: for presidential elections there’s no need to ask everybody to go to the polling station if the choice is simply limited to one candidate. Therefore, it’s enough if the candidate himself gives his own vote from time to time. That ensures that he’s still willing to do his responsible job and his population is ensured to have a highly motivated president. After some years the guy gets a little older, somewhen he passes away. After some ceremony of sadness’n’honor, why should they spend a lot of time and money to find candidates? Better just take the ex-president’s son – he already knows everything. Of course this simplified democracy is not honoured by everybody; some guys have to oppose everything. For that reason the current president let the odd people participate in taking important decisions about their future. As usual it’s not really about politics; it’s more about each person’s destiny. For this reason they installed at big junctions in the capital democratic robots /traffic lights: they allow each traffic participant to take the decision whether to stop or to drive, independently of the general situation at that junction – above an example of the measure of people’s self-determination on their way to a global approach to democracy.